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Broadcasters seek permission to show Pan Am flight trial.

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The BBC, backed by eight other broadcasters, has appeared in the High Court in Edinburgh, Scotland to request permission to televise the trial of two Libyan men who are accused of bombing Pan Am flight 103 in 1988.

The BBC is asking for permission to show the trial live on the Internet as well as televised around the world, but the Crown has said that such exposure could discourage some witnesses from testifying as well as endangering their safety according to PA News.

However, the BBC claims that it is not against Scottish law for cases to be televised and claims that the location of the trial in the Netherlands should not affect this rule, especially as permission has already been granted for the trial to be televised on closed circuit relay system for the relatives of the Lockerbie victims.

Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland on 21 December 1998 killing all 270 people onboard.

The trial of the two Libyan men will start in May 2000 in Holland but under Scottish law.

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